When we have a new baby in church it elicits quite a few oo’s and ah’s. The new mother doesn’t see it for a while after service because it is passed around from arm to arm. I’m sure the baby Jesus received his share of oo’s and ah’s. Very few at the time saw the true significance of this new born. He was to grow, as we all do, through childhood, adolescence, and into adulthood. He played, he laughed, he cried. He would learn a trade, work at his labor, and support the family after his father died. He learned of the Lord through his parents, and teachers in the synagogue. He was tempted by every sin that besets us, yet was able to resist. It was thirty years until his brief public ministry began, but in those thirty years he experienced all of the things we go through in life. (Hebrews 4:15) It was necessary for our Redeemer to be like us in every respect, except without sin, in order for him to be the perfect atoning sacrifice on our behalf. Jesus knows us completely because he has been there before us in all that we face. The Baby of Bethlehem has become our strength for life now, and our Redeemer for all eternity.